The Book Riot Live Interview: Alyssa Cole

Science editor Alyssa Cole is the author of the upcoming Civil War espionage romance series. You can read more about her here.

Q: Got a favorite superhero?

Storm, of course. Not Halle Berry Storm, though. Don’t get me started on those X movies.

Q: Do you know your Hogwarts house?

Different sorting tests gave different results, so I’ll say Ravenclaw with HuffleGryff rising.

Q: You can take one (and only one) book with you on a 4-day trip where there are NO BOOKSTORES. What book do you take?

Heart of Steel by Meljean Brook.

Q: Favorite album or band to listen to while writing?

Oblivion Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by M83 (no, I have not see Oblivion).

Q: What’s the story you wish someone else would write, so you could read it?

I write what I want to read, so can’t give away stuff from my future WIP folder! 😀

Q: Chunky or smooth?


Q: What are you reading right now?

Beyond Addiction, by Kit Rocha (catching up in the lead up to the end of the Beyond series).

Q: What book do you wish more people had read?

In Her Closet, by Tasha L. Harrison.

Q: Which comes first in your process: plot or character?

It depends! Usually a combination, as my stories are very character driven.

Q: What genre have you never written in but want to?

I write in several genres under the banner of romance: historical, contemp, sci-fi, suspense, fantasy…not sure what else I’d want to write that I don’t already have planned!

Q: What’s the most surprising thing you learned in the course of writing your most recent book?

About the long history of South Asian (especially Bengali Muslim) people in the US, and about the anti-Asian immigration acts that tried to bar an entire region of the world entry. It’s frightening, given the rhetoric we see every day now.

Q: What’s your least favorite question to get as a writer?

“I am scared to write POC; how do I do it?” (Seriously. Don’t ask me this.)

Q: What was the worst job you ever had? The best?

Worst? Hostess at a chain restaurant where the customer is always right. The best? Working as a server at a prestigious institute. Good pay, great food, and the people watching was incredible.

Q: What do you know now about publishing that you wished you knew when you were first starting out?

That publishing is not some magical kingdom. While I love publishing, you find the same problematic and outdated modes of thinking as you do in any other aspect of society. The good thing is that, like society at large, these ideas and policies can be challenged and overcome.